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Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part Four: Time and Eternity

LXXXV


THEY say that “time assuages”,—
  Time never did assuage;
An actual suffering strengthens,
  As sinews do, with age.
Time is a test of trouble,        5
  But not a remedy.
If such it prove, it prove too
  There was no malady.

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